Was the RNC bloggers’ traffic “light”?

Investor’s Business Daily misses half the story:

GOP blog readership is light
The 16 bloggers accredited to cover the GOP’s convention generated little readership during the week.
The New York Daily News characterized them as “unfamiliar men … bent over laptops [who] tapped out their own takes on the Republican National Convention.”
Traffic to their blogs was barely noticeable. Hitwise, an online measurement company, said the interest was miniscule. “This is not to say they aren’t important or influential. We’re simply saying the masses aren’t visiting them,” a spokesman said.
During the first three days of the convention, RNC blogs received less than 0.22 percent of Web traffic. On average, Blog.johnkerry.com receives nine times more visits that Blogsforbush.com, Hitwise added.

“Little readership”? Compared to what? Give us the numbers, please.
And what about growth in visitors? What about projected audience size? A tree is bigger than a seedling, but it’s worth asking if the former is a dwarf spruce and the latter is an oak. How much did the traffic on each of these sites increase this week?

Answer those questions first, and then you can talk to me about whether interest in blogs is “miniscule.”

UPDATE: Maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me, but these sure look like spikes at RNC Bloggers (a new site, admittedly) and Slant Point. I’ll add more info as I dig it up.
UPDATE 2: I’ve discovered traffic spikes on Hugh Hewitt’s blog, as well as on Wizbang (boy is that a spike!) and Captain’s Quarters.
UPDATE 3: How about Red State? Yup … spike.

Convention wrap-up

  • Boing?
     
  • Here’s the President’s speech: watch it or read it. By contrast, Kerry’s midnight rally was shrill and off-kilter. Perhaps he needs some outside advice.
     
  • The newest job numbers from the Labor Department came out today, and they’re mildly good. We’re up 144,000 jobs in August.
     
  • More anecdotal evidence that Zell Miller’s speech worked. Jonah Goldberg weighs in.
     
  • Hugh Hewitt looks at how the Kerry campaign now spends all its time reacting to events instead of taking the initiative. Pay close attention to the concepts of “swarming” and “OODA loops”, which sound a bit esoteric but make a lot of sense when you look at how Kerry’s opponents (Bush/Cheney, the SwiftVets, Zell Miller) have Kerry running around in circles. I’d forgotten the OODA angle, but I do agree with Hugh’s observations.
     

Who better to expose Kerry than another Democrat?

Zell Miller uncorked a 55-gallon drum of whupass on John Kerry in his keynote speech at the Republican Convention tonight. He didn’t wait for applause, he didn’t smile, he didn’t joke. He looked and spoke like a man on a mission, animated by cold determination to protect his family.
A few key nuggets from a speech I’ll be remembering in 2024:

It is not [the Democratic leaders’] patriotism – it is their judgment that has been so sorely lacking. They claimed Carter’s pacifism would lead to peace. They were wrong. They claimed Reagan’s defense buildup would lead to war. They were wrong.
And, no pair has been more wrong, more loudly, more often than the two Senators from Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry.

The B-1 bomber, that Senator Kerry opposed, dropped 40% of the bombs in the first six months of Operation Enduring Freedom. The B-2 bomber, that Senator Kerry opposed, delivered air strikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan and Hussein’s command post in Iraq. … I could go on and on and on: Against the Patriot Missile that shot down Saddam Hussein’s scud missiles over Israel, Against the Aegis air-defense cruiser, Against the Strategic Defense Initiative, Against the Trident missile, against, against, against.
This is the man who wants to be the Commander in Chief of our U.S. Armed Forces? U.S. forces armed with what? Spitballs?

For more than twenty years, on every one of the great issues of freedom and security, John Kerry has been more wrong, more weak and more wobbly than any other national figure. As a war protestor, Kerry blamed our military.

George Bush wants to grab terrorists by the throat and not let them go to get a better grip. From John Kerry, they get a “yes-no-maybe” bowl of mush that can only encourage our enemies and confuse our friends.

Right now the world just cannot afford an indecisive America. Fainthearted self-indulgence will put at risk all we care about in this world.

The Democratic nominee can’t even claim that Republicans were smearing him; it was a point-by-point exposure and debunking of Kerry’s voting record, administered by a fellow Democrat.
Beautiful.

UPDATE: Redstate has anecdotal evidence that Zell’s speech worked.

How to embarrass the TV networks

I keep hearing rumblings about the major TV networks deciding not to cover the Republican National Convention tonight. It’s opening night, for goodness’ sake. If this is true, it really puts the networks’ bias on display (especially after they refused to cover the SwiftVets controversy for days). If I were running the RNC, I’d be thinking of ways to turn the situation to the GOP’s advantage by embarrassing the networks.
So how do you embarrass a news network that’s ignoring you? Break a big story. Any story. Just make sure it’s something so big that they’ll be forced to cover it, and watch the networks scramble (cursing all the while) to get their reporters on the scene.

Daize Shayne

Daize Shayne

Daize ShayneHugh Hewitt had singer/surfer Daize Shayne on his radio show today, and I liked what I heard. She sounds like a blend of Alanis Morisette (without the whininess) and Fiona Apple, with maybe a hint of Sarah McLachlan.
Daize ShayneI’m listening to her album “The Way I Do” as I write (thank you, Napster), and it’s great music for top-down summertime cruising. Not surprising, considering Daize’s a two-time World Longboard Surfing Champion. I particularly enjoy three tracks: “Such A Mess“, “Crazy“, and “The Way I Do“. My parrot-eating cat seems to like her music too, judging by the meowing toward my speakers.
Oh, did I mention she’s a model, too? And guess where she’ll be performing later this month?
She’s 24 (unless I miss my guess), she’s beautiful, she’s a singer, she’s a guitarist, she’s athletic, and she’s conservative. Why, oh why must I live in Cleveland? Daize’ll surf Lake Erie right after Hell freezes over. Such is life.
Go buy her album. You’ll thank me.
Hey, Kevin … whaddaya think?